Saturday, July 30, 2011
We spent three nights and two full days here instead of the intended five nights five days and when we headed home, we felt good about it. We divided the trip again with an overnight stop in Redding, enjoying swimming in 100 degree heat there. 2,277 miles later, the California leg of our summer complete, we are home and doing absolutely nothing. (Well, not true, I've been blogging about all of our adventures).
The girls loved their adventure, and might have lasted another day at Yosemite. Still, they don't want to go anywhere in the car for awhile, loving time at home. We've been on the go more than we've been in the new house so that in and of itself is pure joy to come home to!
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In the summers Andy is lucky to get about a month off and this year he spent it doing "Daddy Daycare" for Maddie while his wife Meg worked.
More time with Maddie was a huge delight for the girls, and for Maddie.
We took a long walk around the reservoir near his house.
We chilled and we hung out. Their backyard is a beautiful backdrop for BBqing.
We posed with his Emmy.
We drew on his chalkboard wall.
We went to the Griffith Observatory and watched a show in the Planetarium.
Of course there was the requisite shot in front of the Hollywood sign. See that little white thing behind Jooge on the hill?
Andy's high school pal Starelli was in town so we saw him, too. I think Julia had a secret crush on him because when she plays with her princess barbie now she gives the princess's male counterpart his name.
Meg worked much of the time we were there but it is always great to see her, too. Here she sports her new birthday dress, available at this Portland-based Etsy shop. (Had to plug it). I have one too and love love love it!
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We divided the driving into two days, and once there stayed at a Marriott near Disney which offered a daily shuttle to the park as well as a great breakfast spread each morning. We spent four days there, one which was dedicated to California Adventure. In my estimation, California Adventure has better food and Disneyland has better "cast member" uniforms. Check out the ones from Fantasyland-super cute, methinks!
Each time we came into the park we got to The Hub in a different way. The first day it was on an old fire truck. The next it was on a double decker bus. How fun to enter Disneyland somehow special! Anyone can walk! We walked the rest of the day! But when we arrived, we ARRIVED in style!
We did a lot of rides, but some of the more crazy ones my husband did solo or with my brother Andy, who joined us one of the days. One of the first CRAZY rides we went on was Space Mountain, which I remembered being my favorite. Somehow twenty years later I did NOT think it was a favorite. I remembered loving the treehouse, too but it's since been converted to Tarzan's treehouse and it's just not the same as the Swiss Family Robinson's tree house plus my old lady kicked in again as she had on Space Mountain and was a little leery of how high up off the ground we were.
Not only did Space Mountain rattle me, Avery was wailing at the end, so we avoided several "scarier" rides because of that. Basically if they had any sort of sign at the beginning about requiring good health to ride it, we did not all go on it. We still did Star Tours-we just looked at each other the whole time to make it through. Our speed was the coaster in Toon Town-good velocity, but short. That has become my kind of thrill at the age of 39. Avery loved the Dumbo ride, Julia the Storybook ride, my husband Space Mountain and me Pirates of the Carribean.
A family wearing matching t-shirts that say something like, "Grandma's Disney Adventure 2011"
Someone walking around chomping on a huge turkey leg
Brides and Grooms walking around with Bride and Groom Mouse Ears with Mr. and Mrs. Whoever stitched on the backs
Mr. Toad's house on the Storybook boat ride-it is so dang cute nestled into the bank and I did NOT get a picture but I wish I had (this was the closest I got, it's in lower left hand corner)
Barbells in Toon Town
Minnie's kitchen in Toon Town
The cool huge trees out on the island in Adventureland(and basically everywhere)
The super realistic model of Jack Sparrow during Pirates of the Carribean (my favorite ride)
Giant clover in A Bug's Land in California Adventure (we really loved this area)
The World of Color night time water show
Adorable plush versions of Mickey
Okay, Tarzan's Treehouse (even though it will always be Swiss Family Robinson's Treehouse to me)
A sea of strollers parked en masse near big attractions
The Mad Tea Party and all the cool lanterns strung above it
Personalized parasols with ruffles
A robot named Asimo
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